Concern for Children After Powerful Earthquake Hits Indonesia

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 7, 2016) — Indonesian authorities and aid agencies, including Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik, the local partner of Save the Children in Indonesia, are assessing the humanitarian impact after a strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck northern Sumatra on Wednesday morning.

"The earthquake was relatively shallow and has caused some buildings to collapse, and damaged homes and other infrastructure, which may result in further challenges in delivering aid," said Selina Sumbung, Chairperson of Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik.

"However it’s still too early to know exactly how severe the humanitarian impact will be. Our teams are currently assessing the situation and we stand ready to respond if required."

Save the Children, through Yayasan Sayangi Tunas Cilik, is in contact with the National Disaster Management Authority and will work together to support affected communities, especially children.

"We’re particularly concerned about the impact on children. Earthquakes can be extremely frightening, and children’s psychosocial wellbeing will be an important part of the recovery process," Sumbung said.

Save the Children has a long history working in Sumatra, in particular following the 2004 tsunami, and has stockpiled ready-to-deploy relief items including thousands of shelter kits, hygiene kits and jerry cans, as well as child-friendly spaces and education kits.

"We are working to make sure that no child is left behind, here in Pidie or at any other area in Indonesia," Sumbung added.

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